Two charts from Sarah Binder. First, so-called “restrictive rules” are common in the House:
Second, self-executing rules are a common sub-set of restrictive rules:
The fact that we’re having this controversy is, once again, a testament to the power of the right-wing noise machine. Self-executing rules have been used—frequent—each and every Congress for over a decade. And most of the country, including politically active people, never heard of them until the GOP decided to make a big deal about it. But once they decided to make a big deal about it, it became a huge deal.